Online Classes

To ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, Montclair Film will be launching their 2020 Summer Academy classes online. Online classes will include Editing with Premiere Pro, Screenwriting, Filmmaking, Advanced Filmmaking, Comedy Writing, Visual Effects (VFX), Storytelling, Podcasting, On Camera Auditioning and more! Our summer schedule will be available the first week of June and will continue to evolve if public health guidelines change.

Montclair Film Online Courses

Looking for exciting new learning opportunities from the comfort of your home? Check out our new online classes!

Keep checking back…New classes added on a rolling basis!

(Please Note: Discount applies to $75 Family membership or higher)
Scholarships are available for qualified students


Inside Docs: Filmmaker Series

What does it take to make and release a non-fiction film? The behind-the-scenes stories are often as incredible as the documentaries themselves. Students will screen some of the best documentaries made by renowned filmmakers who will join the class for a tell-all discussion. This is an opportunity to engage with a variety of professionals about the production and the art of independent documentary filmmaking.

All films will be available for screening via Netflix or private Vimeo link. (Class size 10 – 18)

Dates: 5 Thursdays: 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Cost: $120 / Members: $108
Ages: Adults (16+)

Producer/Director/Instructor: Reuben Atlas (Brothers Hypnotic, ACORN and the Firestorm, Sour Grapes) announces special guest filmmakers:

  • Smriti Mundhra Oscar Nominee (Bomb the System, A Suitable Girl, St. Louis Superman)
  • Sam Pollard – Oscar and Emmy Nominee (Sammy Davis Jr.: I Gotta Be Me, D. Wade Life Unexpected, 4 Little Girls, Juice, Jungle Fever)
  • Ben Nabors (The Sound of Silence, William and the Windmill, The Happy Film)
  • Martha Shane (Narrowsburg, After Tiller)
  • Jeremiah Zagar (In A Dream, We The Animals)


TV Writing Workshop: Creating Your Show

TV Writing Workshop is SOLD OUT.  Please click here to join our WAITLIST.

This workshop is for scriptwriters who want to work toward writing a pilot (first episode) for an original scripted Dramatic TV series of their own design. Under the guidance of Writer/Producer Wes Jones, students will take their projects from idea, to logline, to pitch, to a fully detailed plan for the pilot episode—and finally, writing some key scenes. Students will examine concepts such as world, tone, act structure, story engine—and answering larger thematic questions. Class size is limited to provide a highly constructive and practical learning experience. (Class size 8 – 12)

Dates: 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: Non members: $335/Members: $301
Instructor: Wes Jones
Ages: Adult (18+)*

* Below 18 by special permission only


High School Screenwriting: Writers Room

This workshop is for high school screenwriters looking to start a new project, or finish a bigger writing project. Hone your writing skills and develop your short film script or screenplay with constructive feedback from the instructor and your peers. Experience the collaborative fun of a writers room — social distancing style! Screenwriting I or equivalent recommended. (Class Size: 8 – 10)

Dates: 6 Tuesdays: 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: Non-members $225/Members $202
Instructor: Ryan Moore
Ages: 13 – 18


(Photo Credit: Francisco Roman/NBC)

Directing Master Class: How Should I Shoot This Scene?
(A Workshop in Pre-Visualizing Filmed Story)

This workshop will help students develop the creative methodology for analyzing a scene and determining how to shoot it. Join award winning Director/Executive Producer/Director of Photography Michael Slovis as he takes you through his process for “Pre-visualizing” a scene. Discover why prep is the most important and difficult part of the creative process and how to make sure your creative vision is relayed to your AD, Art Director, Cinematographer, VFX, Props and other Departments. Understand how to develop your own visual style, and effectively communicate your vision to the crew and ultimately get it on to the screen.

Students will be led through the analyses of scripts, storyboards, shot lists, and more as they work through the process of breaking down a scene. Class size is limited to facilitate a highly interactive and practical experience! (Class size: 12 – 30)

Date: Wednesday, June 3
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: Non-Members: $75 / Members $67
Instructor: Michael Slovis
Ages: Adult (16+)

As a producer/director Michael Slovis worked with fellow key creative producers that developed the visual/audio languages and performance styles of AMC’s Preacher and, currently, NBC’s New Amsterdam. Michael directed episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead, ED, Rubicon, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 30 Rock, Law and Order SVU, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Hell on Wheels, Grace Point, Elementary, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Man in the High Castle, The Affair, The New Yorker on Amazon, Hulu’s The Path and The Looming Tower. As Director of Photography for films and television he was nominated five times for Outstanding Cinematography Emmy Awards for Breaking Bad and twice for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; winning once. He is currently Executive Producer/Director of NBC’s New Amsterdam. Michael is self quarantined in Montclair, N.J. with his wife Maria.


Visual Effects (VFX)

VFX is SOLD OUT.  Please click here to join our WAITLIST.

Learn how movie magic is done! Go behind the scenes and discover the exciting high-tech world of VFX. In this NEW online workshop, students will explore visual effects and how they are created. Students will learn a variety of techniques such as Rotoscoping, Compositing, Set Extension and Camera Tracking using industry-standard VFX software.
This workshop is the perfect mix of storytelling, technology, and creativity that can be done from home! From creating lightsabers to fantastic greenscreen worlds, to designing your Iron Man Repulsor Jet and even cloning yourself… Let your imagination run wild in this new cutting-edge online VFX workshop!

Software is free to download and all the assets and footage will be provided for each class. See tech requirements below. (Class Size: 6 – 8)

NEW! Session 2: 3 Tuesdays and 3 Thursdays 6/2, 6/4, 6/9, 6/11, 6/16 and 6/18
Time: 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Cost: $225/ Members: $202
Ages: 11 – 18
Instructor: Jonathan Bucari

VFX Technical Requirement: (Minimum specifications)
Apple: macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 10.14 Mojave, or 10.13 High Sierra or
Windows: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
Internet connection: Required for online activation (FREE)
Processor: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors or AMD equivalent.
RAM: 4GB (8 GB Recommended)
Graphics Video Memory: 1 GB minimum
Hard Drive Space: 8 GB available


Editing With Premiere Pro

Editing with Premiere Pro is SOLD OUT.  Please click here to join our WAITLIST.

Great editing skills can really make a film come alive! In this hands-on beginner workshop, students will learn the interface, controls, and features of the industry-standard software, Adobe Premiere Pro. A professional filmmaker and editor will teach you how to log and organize footage, create a rough cut, add titles and credits, implement transitions, work with sound, and even play with color. Students will also begin to learn the craft and language of editing. Montclair film will provide access to Premier Pro during class hours, as well as designated practice hours during the week. (Class Size: 7 – 10)

Dates: 2 Mondays and 2 Wednesday 5/11, 5/13, 5/18, 5/20
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $250 / Members: $225
Ages: 12 +
Instructor: John Carluccio

Editing Technical Requirement: (Minimum specifications)

Operating system: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) or macOS v10.13 or later
Processor: Intel® 6thGen or newer CPU – or AMD equivalent
RAM: 8 GB of RAM
Graphics Video Memory: 2 GB of GPU VRAM
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB available for installation and 2 GB for footage


Writing Through The Pandemic

Writing Through The Pandemic SOLD OUT.  Please click here to join our WAITLIST.

The echo of footsteps on an otherwise empty street. The smell of hand sanitizer stinging your nosehairs. The graphs, maps, charts and curves that must be flattened. These are all details that may seem all too common to be noteworthy now, but one day they will illustrate this extraordinary time that still feels unbelievable. And here’s your chance to write it all down, really diving in to both the uncertainties and the silver linings. In this 5-week course, we will craft our personal reflections on living in the time of COVID and explore personal essays, poetry, songwriting and storytelling to help us process and share this experience. Anyone willing to try is welcome and by the end of this course, each of you will have an edited piece of writing to show to our brand new world! (Class size: 8 – 12)

Dates: 5 Tuesdays: 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $170 / Members: $153
Ages: Adults (16+)
Instructor: Abby Sher

(Please Note: Discount applies to $75 Family membership or higher)
Scholarships are available for qualified students


All courses will be held on ZOOM unless otherwise noted and will require a camera and microphone. Any other technical requirements will be included in the course description.

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